Opening Hours Across the Festive Break

Executive Director Tim Banfield and the team at Doncaster Racecourse would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Date Office Opening Hours Events The Old Weighing Room Restaurant & Bar
Monday 19th Dec 9am until 5pm    
Tuesday 20th Dec 9am until 5pm    
Wednesday 21st Dec 9am until 5pm    
Thursday 22nd Dec 9am until 5pm   Festive Menu

6pm until late

Friday 23rd Dec 9am – 1pm   Festive Menu

6pm until late

Saturday 24th Dec Closed   Festive Menu

6pm until late

Sunday 25th Dec Closed    
Monday 26th Dec Closed    
Tuesday 27th Dec 9am – 5pm Giant Antique & Collectors Fair

9.30am – 4.30pm

 
Wednesday 28th Dec 9am – 5pm Giant Antique & Collectors Fair

9.30am – 4.30pm

 
Thursday 29th Dec 8am – 5pm Twixmas Winter Jump Raceday

Gates 10.30am, first race 12.25pm

 
Friday 30th Dec Closed BP Toy Collectors Fair 10.30am – 3.30pm  
Saturday 31st Dec Closed New Year’s Eve event from 7pm

FULLY BOOKED

New Year’s Eve event from 7pm
Sunday 1st Jan Closed    
Monday 2nd Jan Closed    
Tuesday 3rd Jan 8am – 6pm    

 

 

 

Construction to commence on hotel at Doncaster Racecourse

Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) is delighted to confirm that it has received planning approval for the construction of a new Hilton Garden Inn on the west side of Doncaster Racecourse.  Construction will commence at the start of 2017 and the hotel will open in the summer of 2018.

Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Racecourse will provide much needed quality accommodation in Doncaster with 154 guestrooms over six floors.  Alongside high-quality lodgings, the hotel will be home to a flexible event space located on the first floor which will boast extensive views over the racecourse and can be used for corporate and leisure race-day hospitality, providing guests with an ideal setting to view the sporting action and enjoy excellent hospitality.  The hotel will feature associated parking and landscaping which will enhance the image of the racecourse and provide a beautiful surround to the hotel.

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Executive Director of Doncaster Racecourse, Tim Banfield, said: “Doncaster Racecourse is steeped in heritage and plays an important role in the local community. We are delighted to be working with Doncaster Council and Hilton on this exciting project which marks a new era for the racecourse. The development of a new Hilton Garden Inn will provide the town with a much needed quality hotel for guests, as well as extra capacity for racegoers on racedays.”

The UK is already home to 138 Hilton hotels across eight brands and Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Racecourse will mark the brand’s debut in the town.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, Hilton said: “Hilton has a strong legacy of sporting venue developments, with more than 10,000 rooms either trading or under construction across four continents.  With more than 280,000 people visiting Doncaster Racecourse in 2015, this hotel will provide prime mid-scale accommodation to domestic and international travellers alike.”

John Greenleaf, global head, Hilton Garden Inn, said: “Hilton Garden Inn is now trading or under development in more than 120 locations across Europe, Middle East and Africa. The brand’s continued growth has included new markets this year such as Tanger City Centre in Morocco, and Dublin, Ireland, as well as further expansion in established markets including Austria and Belgium. The wonderful new Hilton Garden Inn in Doncaster will add another great stadium property to our portfolio in the UK following the opening of The Hilton Garden Inn Sunderland in the Stadium of Light in April, 2016.”

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “This prestigious development which brings Hilton’s world famous hospitality to our internationally acclaimed racecourse is a real feather in Doncaster’s cap.  The scheme will complement the new homes going up at Belle Vue and plans for the former Doncaster Bloodstock Sales and is more evidence of Doncaster delivering on the jobs and growth front.”

Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Racecourse will be located at The Grandstand, Leger Way, Doncaster.  Read more about Hilton Garden Inn at www.hgimediacenter.com.

Tim Banfield Appointed Executive Director of Doncaster Racecourse

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Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) is delighted to announce Tim Banfield has been appointed Executive Director of Doncaster Racecourse.

Tim takes over from Kieran Gallagher who becomes ARC’s Catering and Events Director.  Kieran will oversee the food and beverages served to customers across ARC racecourses, as well as supporting the development of major events across the Group.

Tim joins ARC from the ACC Liverpool Group where he was Commercial Director for the last five years having joined the company as General Manager to open the Echo Arena in 2008.  Before that Tim has worked at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre and the NEC Birmingham.

Tim said: “I am really pleased to join ARC and lead the team at Doncaster Racecourse. As a sports fan it is exciting to be working in horseracing which is a great sport and a fantastic day out. Doncaster Racecourse has a wonderful history and heritage and I am really looking forward to continuing to grow and develop the business in the years ahead.”

ARC Director of Operations Mark Spincer said: “We are delighted to welcome Tim to the team. With his years of experience I think he has the skills and qualities to lead the team at Doncaster, one of our flagship racecourses.  It’s also great news that Kieran Gallagher will remain a central part of the operations team and utilise his skills in overseeing our catering offering to customers across our racecourses.”

 

 

High-class entry for Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes at Doncaster

J5832-DON-Blog-Header-Banner-1280x300px BGA top-quality entry of 52 has been received for the £100,000 Group Two Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes on the fourth and final day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival at Doncaster, Saturday, September 10, details of which are revealed today.

Aidan O’Brien has yet to win the seven-furlong contest but Ireland’s champion Flat trainer has eight contenders this year including last season’s champion two-year-old Air Force Blue and Hit It A Bomb, successful in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland in October.

Other notable three-year-old entries in the 2016 Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes include G1 Coronation Stakes runner-up Nemoralia (Jeremy Noseda) and recent impressive Newmarket Listed winner Lumiere (Mark Johnston), who also took the G1 Cheveley Park Stakes last season.

First Selection (Simon Crisford) was second in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains, the French 2000 Guineas, at Deauville in May, while Nathra (John Gosden) filled the same position in the fillies’ equivalent, the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches.

Sir Michael Stoute has entered a pair of lightly-raced three-year-olds in Thikriyaat and Forge, who were second and third respectively in the G3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

The older generation includes the five-year-old Suedois (David O’Meara), who chased home last year’s Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes victor Limato in the G1 July Cup at Newmarket earlier this month.

Toormore (Richard Hannon) has gained four victories at G2 level and went down by a neck in last season’s G1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, while fellow Godolphin contenders Dutch Connection (Charlie Hills) and Home Of The Brave (Hugo Palmer) have both scored in G3 company.

Donjuan Triumphant captured the six-furlong G2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte on soft ground in France in October, 2015, and the Richard Fahey-trained three-year-old could step up in trip following two appearances over the same distance this season.

The Dream Ahead colt stayed on well to take second behind Quiet Reflection in the G2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock Park on May 28 but could only finish ninth behind the same horse in the G1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot on June 17.

His owner, Middleham Park Racing, has another Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes entry to the Marco Botti-trained Naadirr, who finished fourth in last year’s race and was recently purchased by the syndicate manager alongside reigning All-Weather Champion Grendisar.

Five-year-old Naadirr ended his 2015 campaign with a creditable fifth behind Muhaarar in the G1 British Champions Sprint and has continued to race over shorter trips this season, most recently when coming home sixth behind Markaz (Owen Burrows) in the six-furlong G3 Chipchase Stakes on Tapeta at Newcastle on June 25.

Tom Palin of Middleham Park Racing commented: “Donjuan Triumphant has matured a bit in his races and has been looking like he would appreciate the step up to seven furlongs this season.

“He has come out of Royal Ascot OK and it might be the case that he bounced a touch after running well in the Sandy Lane Stakes. He is fighting fit and we have also given him an entry in the Prix Maurice de Gheest over six and a half furlongs (G1, Deauville, August 7).

“Soft ground is not the key to him, but he certainly seems to act on it better than most.

“Naadirr is a new recruit to us – Marco Botti wanted to enter the horse in this race before we purchased him and we were more than happy to go along with him.

“He was fourth in the race last year and also won the Cammidge Stakes at Doncaster at the start of last season, so we know that he goes well there. We might look at running him somewhere in the meantime, but we will leave it up to Marco.

“We were down at Newmarket and one of our owners, Pete Barker, who has a horse with Marco, heard that both Naadirr and Grendisar were for sale. They both passed the vet with flying colours and will now race for us.”

The feature race on Saturday, September 10 is the final British Classic of the year, the Ladbrokes St Leger, which has record prize money of £700,000.

As well as the Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes, there is another G2 race on the Ladbrokes St Leger Day card – the At The Races Champagne Stakes and entries for the seven-furlong race for two-year-olds close on Tuesday, July 26 and will be announced the following day.

The Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes

Group 2, £100,000 total prize fund.Saturday, September 10, 7f. For three-year-olds and upwards. Weights: three-year-old colts and geldings 9st, three-year-old fillies 8st 11lb; Four-year-old and up colts and geldings 9st 4lb, four-year old and up fillies and mares 9st 1lb. Penalties: after February 29, 2016, a winner of a G2 race 3lb, of a G1 race 5lb. Entries closed July 19, entries revealed July 20 (52 entries), scratchings deadline August 23, five-day confirmation & £50,000 supplementary stage September 5, final declarations September 8. Maximum field of 22.

Horse Age Owner Trainer
ADAAY (IRE) 4 Hamdan Al Maktoum William Haggas
AIR FORCE BLUE (USA) 3 Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
AIR VICE MARSHAL (USA) 3 Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/JosephAllenLLC Aidan O’Brien IRE
ALWAYS SMILE (IRE) 4 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
BESHARAH (IRE) 3 Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum William Haggas
BRAZOS (IRE) 5 Saeed Manana James Tate
BRETON ROCK (IRE) 6 John Cook David Simcock
BUCKSTAY (IRE) 6 Fitri Hay Peter Chapple-Hyam
BURATINO (IRE) 3 Godolphin Mark Johnston
CASTLE HARBOUR 3 Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing Limited John Gosden
CHARMING THOUGHT 4 Godolphin Charlie Appleby
CODE RED 4 Michelle Morgan William Muir
COUGAR MOUNTAIN (IRE) 5 Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Anne-Marie O’Brien Aidan O’Brien IRE
DICK WHITTINGTON (IRE) 4 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
DON’T TOUCH 4 Nicholas Wrigley & Kevin Hart Richard Fahey
DONJUAN TRIUMPHANT (IRE) 3 Middleham Park Racing LXXXVII Richard Fahey
DRAGON MALL (USA) 3 Mohammed Jaber David Simcock
DREAM DUBAI 3 Malih L Al Basti Sylvester Kirk
DUTCH CONNECTION 4 Godolphin Charles Hills
FAYDHAN (USA) 4 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
FIRST SELECTION (SPA) 3 Abdulla Al Mansoori Simon Crisford
FLASH FIRE (IRE) 4 Godolphin Charlie Appleby
FORGE 3 Khalid Abdullah Sir Michael Stoute
GIFTED MASTER (IRE) 3 Dr Ali Ridha Hugo Palmer
HATHAL (USA) 4 Al Shaqab Racing William Haggas
HIT IT A BOMB (USA) 3 Evie Stockwell Aidan O’Brien IRE
HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) 4 Godolphin Hugo Palmer
IBN MALIK (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Charles Hills
JALLOTA 5 Fitri Hay Charles Hills
KENTUCKYCONNECTION (USA) 3 Woodcock Electrical Limited Bryan Smart
LATHARNACH (USA) 4 Godolphin Charlie Appleby
LIBRISA BREEZE 4 Tony Bloom Dean Ivory
LORD OF THE LAND (IRE) 5 George Turner David O’Meara
LUMIERE 3 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
MARKAZ (IRE) 4 Hamdan Al Maktoum Owen Burrows
MUWAARY 5 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
NAADIRR (IRE) 5 Middleham Park Racing XXX Marco Botti
NATHRA (IRE) 3 Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah John Gosden
NEMORALIA (USA) 3 T Allan, J Lovat & C Pigram Jeremy Noseda
OUTLAW COUNTRY (IRE) 4 Godolphin Charlie Appleby
PAINTED CLIFFS (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
QUEEN CATRINE (IRE) 5 QRL/Sheikh Suhaim Al Thani/M Al Kubaisi Ger Lyons IRE
RICHARD PANKHURST 4 Godolphin John Gosden
SO BELOVED 6 Sprint Thoroughbred Racing David O’Meara
SUEDOIS (FR) 5 George Turner David O’Meara
TASHWEEQ (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
TASLEET 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum William Haggas
THE HAPPY PRINCE (IRE) 4 Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
THIKRIYAAT (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
TOORMORE (IRE) 5 Godolphin Richard Hannon
TUPI (IRE) 4 Michael Kerr-Dineen & Martin Hughes Richard Hannon
WASHINGTON DC (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE

52 entries

9 Irish-trained

About the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival

The four-day Ladbrokes St Leger Festival is the jewel in the crown of horse racing in Yorkshire and the showpiece of Doncaster’s social calendar. Racegoers enjoy a delightful blend of history, quality racing and live entertainment. The 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival takes place from Wednesday, September 7 through to Saturday, September 10 inclusive.

The famous Festival is one of the highlights of the Flat racing calendar. The crescendo builds to Saturday, when the flagship event – the Ladbrokes St Leger – takes centre-stage. First run in 1776, the Ladbrokes St Leger is the world’s oldest Classic and can boast a truly outstanding heritage. It is the last of the five British Classics to be run each year.

The four days of the Ladbrokes St Leger are Leger Legends Day (Wednesday, September 7), DFS Ladies Day (Thursday, September 8), Doncaster Cup Gentlemen’s Day (Friday, September 9) and Ladbrokes St Leger Day (Saturday, September 10).

For further details and to book tickets, please contact Doncaster Racecourse on 01302 304230 or go to www.doncaster-racececourse.co.uk

The dedicated Ladbrokes St Leger microsite can be found at www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk/st-leger

Great 42-strong entry for record £700,000 Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster

The world oldest Classic, the Ladbrokes St Leger, will be run for the 240th time at 3.45pm on Saturday, September 10 at Doncaster, with this year’s renewal attracting a great entry of 42 (up from 29 in 2015), which is revealed today.

Boasting record total prize money of £700,000 (£650,000 last year), the Ladbrokes St Leger takes place over one mile, six furlongs and 132 yards and is the highlight of the four-day Ladbrokes St Leger Festival from Wednesday, September 7 to Saturday, September 10 on Town Moor.

Ireland’s champion Flat trainer Aidan O’Brien is seeking his fifth Ladbrokes St Leger success and has a total of 16 entries, the most of any trainer. The Ballydoyle contingent includes Investec Derby second US Army Ranger (12/1 with Ladbrokes) and Idaho (4/1 favourite with Ladbrokes), who was third in the Epsom Downs Classic before going on to fill the runner-up position in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh.

Also among the Ballydoyle hopefuls is Sword Fighter (12/1), who has already proved his stamina by landing both the two-mile Listed Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot and the G2 Curragh Cup over a mile and three quarters. Bhutan (20/1), a Galileo colt who was impressive when beating stable companion Housesofparliament (16/1) by three lengths on his only start in a 10-furlong Leopardstown maiden on heavy ground in April, is another O’Brien-trained entry.

O’Brien captured an early trial for the Ladbrokes St Leger when Housesofparliament was successful in the 13-furlong G3 Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket on July 7, with Harrison (Mick Channon, 40/1) in third and Harbour View (Laura Mongan, 40/1) fourth.

There could also be a first British Classic runner for O’Brien’s son Joseph, who is in his rookie season as a trainer. O’Brien junior, who won the Ladbrokes St Leger as a jockey on Leading Light in 2013, has entered recent 14-furlong Leopardstown Listed scorer Arya Tara (20/1). The Dylan Thomas filly is owned by his mother Anne-Marie and ridden by his sister Ana.

Another filly with an entry is dual Classic-placed Harlequeen (33/1), trained by Mick Channon, who finished third in the Investec Oaks at Epsom Downs on June 3 and then took the same position in the Darley Irish Oaks on July 16.

Aidan O’Brien has also entered one his star fillies, Even Song (25/1), who was successful in the G2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot before disappointing in seventh when the odds-on favourite for the Darley Irish Oaks.

Newmarket-based John Gosden has a fine Ladbrokes St Leger record, gaining glory four times in the final of Britain’s five Classics. His pair of entries this year are Investec Derby fourth Wings Of Desire (12/1), who is set to contest the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 12 furlongs at Ascot on Saturday, and Muntahaa (12/1), third to Across The Stars (Sir Michael Stoute, 12/1) in the G2 King Edward VII Stakes, also run at a mile and a half, at Royal Ascot.

One trainer yet to saddle a runner in the Ladbrokes St Leger is Lambourn-based Harry Dunlop. His father John trained the winner of the final Classic three times, most recently with Millenary in 2000.

Dunlop is considering the Ladbrokes St Leger for his stable star Robin Of Navan (25/1), who landed the G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud in 2015.

The French-bred colt returned to action this year when a staying-on second to old adversary Cloth Of Stars in the 10-furlong Group Two Prix Greffulhe at Saint-Cloud on May 8, but has been on the sidelines since picking up an injury in the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) over an extended 10 furlongs on June 5.

Dunlop commented: “I felt that we should give Robin Of Navan an entry in the Ladbrokes St Leger because it is the final Classic of the season and it would be lovely to build him up towards the race.

“He sustained an injury in the Prix du Jockey Club, which we think he may have done in the parade before the race when he whipped round as they were playing music.

“He pulled a ligament but it seems to be all good now and we are just quietly getting him back going again.

“He is back in normal work and is making good progress. We are going to see how he goes and we could look at running him beforehand, possibly in France again.

“The Ladbrokes St Leger is a big target to aim at, providing he is ready in time.

“We honestly thought that he was going best of anything in the Prix du Jockey Club and then he suddenly lost his action. We had beaten Apilobar, who was fifth, quite nicely in the Prix Greffulhe and I think Robin Of Navan had every right to be in the first three.

“He doesn’t need soft ground and is pretty versatile. It was actually good to firm in the Prix Greffulhe – it was very hot weather and the time was quick for a French race – and genuine good ground is fine for him. The main thing is that he likes a strongly-run race.

“He won us an absolute fortune last year and ran a super race in the Prix Greffulhe. It would be lovely to get him back for the latter part of the season, but if we have to wait until next year with him, so be it.”

Dunlop’s brother Ed also has a Ladbrokes St Leger entry – Red Verdon (12/1), who was last seen out when the excellent runner-up in the G1 Grand Prix de Paris at Saint-Cloud on July 14, a neck ahead of Cloth Of Stars.

Other eye-catching entries include Algometer (David Simcock, 16/1), successful in the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood in May, and the French-trained Shalakar (Mikel Delzangles, 25/1), winner of a 15-furlong Chantilly conditions race last week.

Godolphin, successful in the Ladbrokes St Leger six times, has two entries this year with Prize Money (Saeed bin Suroor, 40/1) and Twilight Payment (33/1 Jim Bolger).

Doncaster Racecourse Clerk of the Course, Roderick Duncan, reacted to the bountiful entries.

He said: “We are delighted with the number of entries for the 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger and are equally pleased to see top-quality horses from major yards across Britain, Ireland and France entered.  2016 should be a fantastic renewal of the world’s oldest Classic.”

Ladbrokes St Leger, Ladbrokes bet: 4/1 Idaho; 12/1 Across The Stars, Muntahaa, Red Verdon, Sword Fighter, US Army Ranger, Wings Of Desire; 16/1 Algometer, Housesofparliament; 20/1 Arya Tara, Bhutan; 25/1 Even Song, Kellstorm, Robin Of Navan, Shalakar; 33/1 Earring, Harlequeen, Humphrey Bogart, Imperial Aviator,  Marmelo, Nezwaah, Twilight Payment, Ventura Storm; 40/1 Harbour Law, Harrison, Ormito, Pretty Perfect, Prize Money, Somehow; 50/1 Best In The World, Corinthian, Knights Table, The Major General; 66/1 Cole Porter, Cook Islands, Crimean Tatar, Emperor Napoleon, Goldmember, The Tartan Spartan, To Be Wild, Triplicate, Unicorn

E-W 1/4 odds 1-2-3

The Ladbrokes St Leger

Group 1, £700,000 total prize fund. Doncaster, 3.45pmSaturday, September 10, 1m 6f 132y. For three-year-olds only, entire colts (9st 1lb) and fillies (8st 12lb). Entries closed July 19, entries revealed July 20 (42 entries), scratchings deadline August 23, five-day confirmation & £50,000 supplementary stage September 5, final declarations September 8. Maximum field of 20.

Horse Age Owner Trainer
ACROSS THE STARS (IRE) 3 Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
ALGOMETER 3 Kirsten Rausing David Simcock
ARYA TARA (IRE) 3 Anne-Marie O’Brien Joseph O’Brien IRE
BEST IN THE WORLD (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
BHUTAN (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
COLE PORTER (IRE) 3 Triermore Stud/Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
COOK ISLANDS (IRE) 3 Derrick Smith, Mrs J Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
CORINTHIAN 3 Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (Gladstone) Roger Varian
CRIMEAN TATAR (TUR) 3 V I Araci Hugo Palmer
EARRING (USA) 3 Derrick Smith, Mrs J Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
EMPEROR NAPOLEON 3 The Napoleon Partnership Andrew Balding
EVEN SONG (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
GOLDMEMBER 3 Qatar Racing Limited David Simcock
HARBOUR LAW 3 Jackie Cornwell Laura Mongan
HARLEQUEEN 3 Suzanne Brandt Mick Channon
HARRISON 3 Tim Radford Mick Channon
HOUSESOFPARLIAMENT (IRE) 3 Derrick Smith, Mrs J Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
HUMPHREY BOGART (IRE) 3 Chelsea Thoroughbreds – Saint Tropez Richard Hannon
IDAHO (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
IMPERIAL AVIATOR 3 Qatar Racing, D Hunt, & Mrs E Markham Roger Charlton
KELLSTORM (IRE) 3 Teo Ah Khing/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
KNIGHTS TABLE 3 Saeed Manana James Tate
MARMELO 3 The Fairy Story Partnership Hughie Morrison
MUNTAHAA (IRE) 3 Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
NEZWAAH 3 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Roger Varian
ORMITO (GER) 3 Richard Morecombe & Lynda Ramsden Andrew Balding
PRETTY PERFECT (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
PRIZE MONEY 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
RED VERDON (USA) 3 The Hon R J Arculli Ed Dunlop
ROBIN OF NAVAN (FR) 3 Cross, Deal, Foden, Sieff Harry Dunlop
SHALAKAR (FR) 3 H H Aga Khan Mikel Delzangles FR
SOMEHOW (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
SWORD FIGHTER (IRE) 3 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
THE MAJOR GENERAL (IRE) 3 Magnier/Tabor/Smith/Jooste/Kantor Aidan O’Brien IRE
THE TARTAN SPARTAN (IRE) 3 Thistle Bloodstock Limited Pat Shanahan IRE
TO BE WILD (IRE) 3 Carmichael Jennings Hugo Palmer
TRIPLICATE (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE) 3 Godolphin Jim Bolger IRE
UNICORN (IRE) 3 Derrick Smith, Mrs J Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
US ARMY RANGER (IRE) 3 Sue Magnier,Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
VENTURA STORM (IRE) 3 Middleham Park Racing LXXII Richard Hannon
WINGS OF DESIRE 3 Lady Bamford John Gosden

42 entries

19 Irish-trained

1 French-trained

 Breakdown of entries by trainer with past successes in the Ladbrokes St Leger

16 entries

Aidan O’Brien IRE (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion, 2013 Leading Light)

Best In The World, Bhutan, Cole Porter, Cook Islands, Earring, Even Song, Housesofparliament, Idaho, Kellstorm, Pretty Perfect, Somehow, Sword Fighter, The Major General, Triplicate, Unicorn, US Army Ranger

2 entries

Andrew Balding

Emperor Napoleon, Ormito

 Mick Channon

Harlequeen, Harrison

 John Gosden (1996 Shantou, 2007 Lucarno, 2010 Arctic Cosmos, 2011 Masked Marvel)

Muntahaa, Wings of Desire

 Richard Hannon

Humphrey Bogart, Ventura Storm

 Hugo Palmer

Crimean Tatar, To Be Wild

David Simcock

Algometer, Goldmember

Roger Varian (2014 Kingston Hill)

Corinthian, Nezwaah

 1 entry

Jim Bolger IRE

Twilight Payment

 Roger Charlton

Imperial Aviator

 Mikel Delzangles FR

Shalakar

 Ed Dunlop

Red Verdon

 Harry Dunlop

Robin Of Navan

Laura Mongan

Harbour Law

Hughie Morrison

Marmelo

 Joseph O’Brien IRE

Arya Tara

 Pat Shanahan IRE

The Tartan Spartan

 Sir Michael Stoute (2008 Conduit)

Across The Stars

 Saeed bin Suroor (1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq, 2004 Rule of Law, 2009 Mastery)

Prize Money

 James Tate

Knights Table

About the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival

The four-day Ladbrokes St Leger Festival is the jewel in the crown of horse racing in Yorkshire and the showpiece of Doncaster’s social calendar. Racegoers enjoy a delightful blend of history, quality racing and live entertainment. The 2016 Ladbrokes St Leger Festival takes place from Wednesday, September 7 through to Saturday, September 10 inclusive.

The famous Festival is one of the highlights of the Flat racing calendar. The crescendo builds to Saturday, when the flagship event – the Ladbrokes St Leger – takes centre-stage. First run in 1776, the Ladbrokes St Leger is the world’s oldest Classic and can boast a truly outstanding heritage. It is the last of the five British Classics to be run each year.

The four days of the Ladbrokes St Leger are Leger Legends Day (Wednesday, September 7), DFS Ladies Day (Thursday, September 8), Doncaster Cup Gentlemen’s Day (Friday, September 9) and Ladbrokes St Leger Day (Saturday, September 10).

For further details and to book tickets, please contact Doncaster Racecourse on 01302 304230 or go to www.doncaster-racececourse.co.uk

The dedicated Ladbrokes St Leger microsite can be found at www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk/st-leger

Record Prize Money Across ARC Racecourses in 2016

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In 2016 there will be record prize money across Arena Racing Company’s (“ARC”) 14 racecourses. ARC will be increasing its Executive Contribution from £11.3 million to £14 million ensuring there is over £28 million worth of prize money on offer for the 512 fixtures being run at ARC racecourses next year.

The increase in prize money demonstrates both ARC’s commitment to all levels of the sport, but also the recognition that racecourses are having to make additional investments in order to make up for the ongoing challenges faced by the Horserace Betting Levy. The increased Executive Contribution from ARC sees the company go above and beyond the requirements of the Prize Money Agreement signed with the Horsemen’s Group and British Horseracing Authority (“BHA”) in 2014.

ARC’s Executive Contribution will increase across all its racecourses. The additional investment is being used to support the grassroots of the sport, as well as some key races and specific aspects of the race programme at certain racecourses.

ARC will continue to support jump racing, notably on the northern circuit, through prize money rises at Doncaster, Newcastle, Sedgefield and Uttoxeter. There will be further increases across the ARC Group including The National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell Park increasing from £50,000 to £80,000 and an additional £50,000 investment into Chepstow’s October Jumps Festival, taking the total prize fund from £250,000 to £300,000.

The Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow will be increasing in value from £120,000 to £150,000 in 2016, while the Betfred Midland’s Grand National at Uttoxter will increase to £130,000, from its current value of £100,000.

As part of ARC’s investment at Newcastle Racecourse the Northumberland Plate fixture will increase to £330,000, including the introduction of a £75,000 reserve race for horses balloted out of the feature race.

In addition, ARC will be investing significantly in the racing programme at Royal Windsor Racecourse with the introduction of a new series running throughout the summer culminating in a £75,000 final on Monday 15 August. Further details will be shared in due course.

Following the £300,000 investment into the turf at Great Yarmouth since 2014 ARC will be looking to attract the best young horses in training to the racecourse through an improved programme of maiden and novice races across the season.

ARC Chief Executive Martin Cruddace said, “ARC is in a period of investment. This includes a significant development to the facilities across our racecourses, including a new all-weather track at Newcastle, an improved turf track at Great Yarmouth, a new restaurant at Uttoxeter and a new grandstand at Bath Racecourse. In addition to this we are pleased to be boosting prize money to support the race programme across our racecourses in 2016.

“We are very proud in the leadership we have shown with the Authorised Betting Partner initiative but recognise we have to make the commercially difficult decision to step up to the plate as and until our industry is able to properly capture the torrent of business migrating on-line.

“The increase in prize money will ensure feature races have a prize fund to attract the top horses but also crucially there will be a significant increase in the number of races across ARC racecourses that are run above minimum value.

“ARC recognises the vital input owners, trainers and jockeys make to British Racing and we are playing our part in rewarding this by increasing our levels of investment and creating a series of compelling race programmes for all our customers”

Doncaster Racecourse in National community scheme to help disadvantaged young people

Doncaster Racecourse is hosting a series of education racing days as part of a national drive to help underprivileged young people.

Racing Together, British Racing’s collective banner for community engagement, is today delighted to announce the launch of a partnership with Active Communities Network (ACN), an organisation that provides sports-based, personal and social development programmes, accrediting training and employment opportunities for disadvantaged young people aged 11-25.

Through this partnership Racing Together will have the opportunity to work with more than 1,000 at risk young people in Britain through series of racing education days.

This will provide a racing-based social development programme from three beacon racecourses – Doncaster Racecourse, Aintree, Lingfield Park – with the objective of providing a positive experience for the young people, showing them an alternative path in life and teaching them about the racing industry and career opportunities within it. This will introduce them to a sporting industry that supports more than 85,000 full-time jobs in Britain.

To coincide with the launch, Doncaster Racecourse hosted a special event that will see youngsters aged 17-20 quiz top female jockey Hayley Turner about all things racing. Ms Turner, who recently retired, came second in her final UK race in the Betfred November Handicap at Doncaster earlier this month.

The occasion came hot on the heels of another event at the racecourse last Friday, when young people enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the South Yorkshire venue. They met racecourse staff to learn more about what is needed to put on a raceday and about the racing industry more broadly – introducing them to a sporting industry that supports more than 85,000 full-time jobs in Britain.

The two events came about as a result of a partnership between Doncaster Racecourse and Flying Futures, which delivers a range of community engagement programmes locally on behalf of ACN.

Kieran Gallagher, executive director of Doncaster Racecourse said: “We are committed to providing learning opportunities for young people, which is why we teamed up with Flying Futures, ACN and Racing Together to get involved in this worthwhile national initiative. Some of these young people may go on to pursue a career in the industry so it’s vital that we educate them about the wide range of different opportunities on offer.”

Mark Turner, executive director of development at Flying Futures, added: “Our community engagement programmes have benefited dozens of young people across Yorkshire. This would not be possible without the many fruitful partnerships that we’ve forged with local organisations such as Doncaster Racecourse.

“The benefits of our programmes are vast. Some of the young people who attended the events at the racecourse have gone on to become mentors for others on Flying Futures projects.”

From now until the end of 2016 the three beacon racecourses in the ACN-Racing Together initiative will facilitate the racing education days, with plans to extend their geographical reach in the future.

Hayley Turner, former leading female jockey and ACN ambassador, said: “I am committed to helping young people and promote the sport I love and that brought me so many incredible opportunities. Having recently retired, I am looking forward to working closely with Active Communities Network to support and inspire young people to become more involved with the racing industry and community, especially those from more challenging backgrounds.”

To further increase Racing’s Together’s engagement in the programme, ACN is also offering an opportunity for members of Racing’s workforce to become accredited, with a vocationally recognised qualification, to work with young people using sport to tackle crime. These Racing industry coaches will then assist in the delivery of the days at the three pilot hubs.

Carole Goldsmith, director of people and development at the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), said: “This is an exciting development for British racing. Racing has a plethora of top-class facilities and career opportunities that, through this relationship with ACN, we will be able to share with ‘at-risk’ young people. Not only will the racing education days provide fun and interest for the underprivileged young people, they will also highlight careers they might have otherwise not known about.

“The vocational qualification that ACN is offering to people working in racing provides an excellent chance for personal development for those working within the racing community. The qualification will allow the holder to work with young people, using racing to tackle their problems. This will help the local community in the long term, as well as providing nationally recognised qualifications for stud and stable staff.”